Sierra Leone

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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2019 and March 2020, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

Accepted Degree Levels

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: English is the official language. Krio (a creole of English and various indigenous languages) is the lingua franca in and around Freetown. Knowledge of-- or the services of an interpreter for-- indigenous languages may be necessary for field research.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an educational or research institution. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.

Specific Considerations

Even by developing-country standards, the transport and communications infrastructure in Sierra Leone present daunting obstacles.  Sierra Leone reportedly has the lowest level of internet connectivity in Africa, and even the country's major government and educational institutions have little or no reliable internet access.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://sl.usembassy.gov